A New Year Deserves New Leadership. Or Not.

It’s 2019 – a brand new year full of possibility and the opportunity to get it right with new leadership. Yes, NC GOP I’m talking to you.

This is what is being considered as a winning cycle by the current leadership – the decimation of law and order and Republican representation in urban areas:

  • Charlotte-Meck Sheriff. Gone.
  • Durham Sheriff. Gone.
  • Wake Sheriff. Gone.
  • Wake Commissioners. Gone.
  • Wake School Board. LONG GONE.
  • NC Supreme Court seat. Gone.
  • Charlotte area legislature seats.
    A lone senator survived.
  • Wake area legislature seats. Gone.

Tack on no recruitment and the lowest party registration levels in decades…  But won’t you keep the NCGOP leadership in place for another couple of years?

Given the 2018 implosion in all major urban areas of NC, the NC GOP membership is rightfully worried that the party leadership will be more focused on the 2020 convention instead of actual elections.

Their fears are not unfounded.

It’s no secret that Hayes said he was not going to run for Chairman again.  He explicitly has made it know that he wanted to be on the 2020 convention committee.

Yet, Daily Haymaker has a nice screenshot of Robin Hayes’ Christmas card with a one-liner announcing his intention to run for chairman again:

“I am running one more time for Chairman of your party.”

Translation: The steering committee for the 2020 convention didn’t want me. The only way I get my foot in that door is to be Chairman again. Also, Dallas stays too.

At the very bottom, it says “Paid for by Chairman Robin Hayes. Not printed or mailed at NCGOP expense.

Perhaps the NCGOP didn’t pay for any of it, but the mojo of having the return address being the NCGOP headquarters is not lost on anyone:

Hayes NCGOP 1 - Envelope - 2018

Some Thoughts

The party GOPe not going to like this article. They will see it as Hayes bashing or Woodhouse bashing. This isn’t about bashing Robin –  or Dallas for that matter.

It’s about helping them.  And the party.

It’s time to get out of the way.


There’s still time to keep from blowing it all up.


Those who know me know I am not a quitter. I am a fighter, but even I know some fights are lost causes.

Sometimes one has to take a step back. Sometimes, step back isn’t enough and it’s time to leave.

And that’s what I did in 2016. I left the Republican party. I am still conservative, but I changed my party affiliation to unaffiliated back in 2016.

My disgust at the tactics used and how the presidential field turned cannibal was a large piece of that decision.

However, the local/state level labyrinth of decades-old problems that no one ever faces OR fixes combined with back-stabby private face and spine-free often cringe-tastic public face shenanigans also factored into that decision.

I suspect a lot of unaffiliated folks just like me would too, but it won’t happen until the party comes back first.

The Left, the Democrats and their media guard dogs in this state will never take their foot off the gas pedal.  The issue is never the issue – destroying the opposition is their only goal. Why is this so hard to understand?

Wake up, grow a spine, clean out your house, and hire a wartime consigliere, because 2016 was a PG-13 preview of what 2020 will be.

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About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a reporter currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_ Tips: APDillon@Protonmail.com
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2 Responses to A New Year Deserves New Leadership. Or Not.

  1. dberwyn says:

    The only way things can change is if enough registered Republicans participate in grassroots, precinct meetings, County GOP, and State GOP conventions. #ThatIsAll


  2. Andy Stevens says:

    You missed Guilford County (Greensboro) losing its incumbent Republican Sheriff, too


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